Eric Skyllingstad


Office: 541-737-5697

Burt Hall

Burt Hall 316

2651 SW Orchard Avenue

2651 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Upper ocean turbulence, mesoscale coastal internal waves, ocean-atmosphere coupling


Research Interests

Upper ocean turbulence; mesoscale coastal internal waves; ocean-atmosphere coupling.

Current Research

Simulation of the coastal circulations; modeling of turbulence under sea and ice leads; resonant interaction between surface winds and upper ocean turbulence.

Turbulence Dissipation during a Westerly Windburst: LES Results


BS, Oregon State University (Atmospheric Sciences), 1981
MS, University of Wisconsin (Meteorolgy), 1983
MS, University of Wisconsin (Computer Science), 1985
PhD, University of Wisconsin (Meteorology), 1986


Skyllingstad, E. D., S. P. de Szoeke, and L. W. O’Neill (2019), Modeling the transient response of tropical convection to mesoscale SST variations, J. Atmos. Sci., in press.

Skyllingstad, E. D., and C. Polashenski (2018),  Estimated heat budget during summer melt of Arctic first-year sea ice, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45,

Skyllingstad, E. D., R.M. Samelson, and J. Duncombe, 2017:  Baroclinic frontal instabilities and turbulent mixing in the surface boundary layer, Part II: Forced simulations.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 47, 2429-2454.

de Szoeke, S. P., E. D. Skyllingstad, P. Zuidema, A. S. Chandra, 2017:  Cold pools and their influence on the tropical marine boundary layer. , J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 2383-2412.

Polashenski, C., K. M. Golden, D. K. Perovich, E. Skyllingstad, A. Arnsten, C. Stwertka, and N. Wright, 2017: Percolation blockage: A process that enables melt pond formation on first year Arctic sea ice.  J. Geophys. Res., 122, 413-440, doi:10.1002/2016JC011994.

O’Neill, L. W., T Haack, D. B. Chelton, and E. Skyllingstad, 2016:  Effects of storms and SST on the time-mean winds over the Gulf Stream, J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 2383-2412.

Samelson, R. M., and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2016: Frontogenesis and turbulence: A numerical simulation.  J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 5025-5040.

Hoecker-Martinez, M. S., W. D. Smyth, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2016:  Oceanic turbulent energy budget using large eddy simulation of a wind event during DYNAMO, J. Phys, Oceanogr., 46, 827-840.

Skyllingstad, E. D., K. M. Shell, L. Collins, and C. Polashenski, 2015:  Simulation of the melt season using a resolved sea ice model with snow cover and melt ponds, J. Geophys. Res., 120,10.1002/2014JC010569.

Skyllingstad, E. D., and S. P. de Szoeke, 2015:  Cloud-resolving large-eddy simulation of tropical convective development and surface fluxes, Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 2441-2458.

Sundermeyer, M. A., E. Skyllingstad, J.R. Ledwell, B. Concannon, E. A. Terray, D. Birch, S. D. Pierce, and B. Cervantes, 2014. Observations and numerical simulations of large-eddy circulation in the ocean surface mixed layer, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL061637, 7584-7590.

Perlin, N., S. P. de Szoeke, D. B. Chelton, R. M Samelson, E. D. Skyllingstad, and L. W. O’Neill,  2014:  Modeling the atmospheric boundary layer wind response to mesoscale sea surface temperature.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 4284-4307.

Skyllingstad, E. D. , and R. M. Samelson, 2012.  Baroclinic frontal instabilities and turbulent mixing in the surface boundary layer.  Part I:  Unforced simulations. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 1701-1716.

Smith, C., and E.D. Skyllingstad, 2011.  Effects of inversion height and surface heat flux on downslope windstorms. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 3750–3764.

Perlin, N., Natalie, Eric D. Skyllingstad, Roger M. Samelson, 2011: Coastal Atmospheric Circulation around an Idealized Cape during Wind-Driven Upwelling Studied from a Coupled Ocean–Atmosphere Model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 809–829.

Shaman, J. R. M. Samelson, and E. Skyllingstad, 2010.  Air-sea fluxes over the Gulf Stream region: Atmospheric controls and trends.  J. Climate, 10, 2651-2670.

Skyllingstad, E. D., C. A. Paulson, and D. Perovich, 2009.  Simulation of melt pond evolution on first year ice. J. Geophys. Res., 114, C12019, doi:10.1029/2009JC005363.

Smith, C., and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2009. Investigation of upstream boundary layer influence on mountain wave breaking and lee wave rotors using a large eddy simulation, J. Atmos. Sci., 66, 3147-3164.

Skyllingstad, E. D. and J. B. Edson, 2009.  Large-eddy simulation of moist convection during a cold-air outbreak over the Gulf stream.  J. Atmos. Sci., 66, 1274-1293.

Tyler, D. Jr., J. R. Barnes, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2008.  Mesoscale and large-eddy simulation model studies of the Martian atmosphere in support of Phoenix, J. Geophys. Res., 113, E00A12, doi:10.1029/2007JE003012.

Warner, J. C., N. Perlin, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2008.  Using the model coupling toolkit to couple earth system models.  Environmental Modeling and Software, 23, 1240-1249.

Burchard, H., P. D. Craig, J. R. Gemmrich, H. van Haren, P.-P. Mathieu, H. E. M. Meier, W. A. M. Nimmo Smith, H. Prandke, T. P. Rippeth, E. D. Skyllingstad, W. D. Smyth, D. J. S. Welsh, and H. W. Wijesekera, 2007.  Observational and numerical modeling methods for quantifying coastal ocean turbulence and mixing, Progress in Oceanography, 76, 399-442.

Skyllingstad, E. D., and C. A. Paulson, 2007.  A numerical simulation of melt ponds. J. Geophys. Res., 112, C08015, doi:10.1029/2006JC003729.

Perlin, N., E. D. Skyllingstad, R. M. Samelson, and P. L. Barbour, 2007.  Numerical simulation of air-sea coupling during coastal upwelling, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 2081-2093.

Skyllingstad, E. D., D. Vickers, L. Mahrt, R. Samelson, 2007.  Effects of mesoscale sea-surface temperature fronts on the marine boundary layer.  Boundary-Layer Meteor., 123, 219-237.

Samelson, R., E. D. Skyllingstad, D. B. Chelton, S. K. Esbensen, L. W. O’Neill, N. Thum, 2006.  A  note on the coupling of wind stress and sea surface temperature.  J. Climate, 19, 1557-1566.

Smith, C., and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2005.  Numerical simulation of katabatic flow with changing slope angle. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 3065-3080.

Skyllingstad, E. D., C. A. Paulson, and W. S. Pegau, 2005. Simulation of turbulent exchange processes in summertime leads. J. Geophys. Res., 110, C05021, doi:10.1029/2004JC002502.

Skyllingstad, E. D., R. M. Samelson, L. Mahrt, and P. Barbour,  2005.  A numerical modeling study of warm offshore flow over cool water.  Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 345-361.

Li, M., C. Garrett, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2005. A regime diagram for classifying large eddies in the turbulent ocean, Deep Sea Res. I, 52, 259-278.

Wijesekera, H.W., C.A. Paulson, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2004,  Scaled temperature spectrum in the unstable oceanic surface layer, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C03015, doi:10.1029/2003JC002066.

Skyllingstad, E.D., and H. W. Wijesekera, 2004.  Large-eddy simulation of flow over obstacles: High drag states and mixing. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34, 94-112.

Skyllingstad, E.D.,  M. G. McPhee, C.A. Paulson, W.S. Pegau, and T. Stanton, 2003.  Effects of keels on ice bottom turbulence exchange. J. Geophys. Res., 108 (C12), 3372, doi:10.1029/2002JC001488.

Wijesekera, H.W., C. A. Paulson, and E. D. Skyllingstad, 2003.  Modeling of the evolution of a fresh sea surface anomaly produced by tropical rainfall. J. Geophys. Res.,108(C11), 3338, doi:10.1029/2002JC001408.

Skyllingstad, E. D., 2003. Large-eddy simulation of katabatic flows. Boundary-Layer Meteor.,106, 217-243.

Smyth, W. D., E. D. Skyllingstad, G. Crawford, and H. Wijesekera, 2002. Nonlocal fluxes and Stokes drift effects in the K-profile parameterization. Ocean Dyn., 52, 104-115.

Samelson, R., P. Barbour, J. Barth, S. Bielli, T. Boyd, D. Chelton, P. Kosro,  M. Levine, E. Skyllingstad, and  J. Wilczak, 2002. Wind stress forcing of the  Oregon coastal ocean during the 1999 upwelling season. J. Geophys. Res., 107 (C5), 10.1029/2001JC000900.

Bielli, S., P. Barbour, R. Samelson, E. Skyllingstad, and J. Wilczak, 2002. The diurnal cycle along the Oregon coast during the summertime. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 992-1008.

Skyllingstad, E.D., C. Dorman, and P. Barbour, 2001. The dynamics of northwest summer winds over the Santa Barbara Channel. Mon. Wea. Rev., 129, 1042-1061.

Skyllingstad, E.D., 2001. Scales of Langmuir circulation generated using a large-eddy simulation model, Spill Sci. and Tech. Bull., 6, 239-246.

Skyllingstad, E.D., and D.W. Denbo, 2001. Large eddy simulation of turbulence under sea ice and leads. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 2477-2498.

Skyllingstad, E.D., W.D. Smyth, and G.B. Crawford, 2000. Resonant wind-driven mixing in the ocean boundary layer. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 30, 1866-1890.

Skyllingstad, E.D., W.D. Smyth, J.N. Moum, and H. Wijesekera, 1999. Upper ocean turbulence during a westerly wind burst: A comparison of large-eddy simulation results and microstructure measurements. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29, 5-28.

Skyllingstad, E.D. and T. Paluszkiewicz, D.W. Denbo, W.D. Smyth, 1996. Nonlinear vertical mixing processes in the ocean: modeling and parameterization, Physica D, 98, 574-593.

Denbo D.W. and E.D. Skyllingstad, 1995. An ocean large eddy model with application to deep convection in the Greenland sea. J. Geophys. Res., 101, 1095-1110.

Skyllingstad, E.D. and D.W. Denbo 1995. An ocean large eddy simulation of Langmuir circulations and convection in the surface mixed layer., J. Geophys. Res., 100, 8501-8522.

Skyllingstad, E.D. and D.W. Denbo, 1994. The role of internal gravity waves in the equatorial current system, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 24, 2093-2110.

Doran, J.C. and E.D. Skyllingstad, 1992. Multiple-scale terrain forcing of local wind fields. Mon. Wea. Rev., 120, 817-825.

Wilson, L. and D.P. Lettenmeier, E.D. Skyllingstad 1992. A Hierarchical stochastic model of large scale atmospheric circulation patterns and multiple station daily precipitation. J. Geophys. Res.,97, 2791-2810.

Skyllingstad, E.D. 1991. Critical layer effects on atmospheric solitary and cnoidal waves. J. Atmos. Sci.,48, 1613-1624.